On draft day, teams learn to expect the unexpected

In addition to intense preparation, the key to a successful draft is the ability to take advantage of unexpected twists, says former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist.

Originally Published: April 22, 2008
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com

Ted Sundquist is a veteran of 15 NFL draft war rooms. He was preparing for this weekend's draft when he was abruptly fired from his position as the Denver Broncos' general manager on March 12.

The following is Sundquist's version of how an NFL general manager approaches the draft -- from the beginning of the scouting process to the conversations with the team's eventual picks.

For Sundquist, the cornerstone of a successful draft is to be ready for any unexpected development. ...

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